'Academic Embeds': Scholars Advise Troops Abroad

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Under a new Pentagon program, teams of anthropologists are being paired with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Guests discuss the controversial idea of "academic embeds" and what social scientists can do to assist American troops at war.

Guests:

Montgomery McFate, senior social science adviser with the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System

Roberto Gonzales, professor of anthropology at San Jose State University; participant in the Network of Concerned Anthropologists

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